FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2017
Contact: Jason Tengco, NaFFAA Executive Director
NaFFAA Applauds Noel Francisco’s Nomination as Solicitor General
Washington, DC – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) applauds President Trump’s nomination of Filipino American lawyer Noel Francisco to serve as the United States Solicitor General.
The role of Solicitor General is considered the federal government’s top position before the Supreme Court. Francisco had been serving as Acting Solicitor General before his nomination, and had previously argued multiple cases before the nation’s highest court. A native of Oswego, New York, Francisco previously served as a partner for Jones Day, as a clerk for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and as Associate Counsel to the President under George W. Bush.
“NaFFAA congratulates Noel Francisco on his nomination as the United States Solicitor General” said Brendan Flores, NaFFAA National Chairman. “If confirmed, Francisco would be the first Filipino American Solicitor General, and his confirmation would strengthen the visibility and representation of the Filipino American community on a national scale.”
Francisco’s nomination comes on the heels of a number of Filipino Americans assuming key roles in the Administration. This includes Ninio Fetalvo as Assistant Press Secretary, Joyce Yamat Meyer as Deputy Assistant to the President and House Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, and Kelly Ilagan as Deputy Associate Director for Presidential Personnel.
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The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA has been the standard bearer for promoting the welfare and well-being of the 4 million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA’s vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations around three key areas: leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.